Academy Gallery Hosts Free Monday Concert

The public is invited to “Serata Fiorentina,” a complimentary evening of music composed between the 15th and 17th centuries hosted by the Academy Gallery (via Ricasoli 58/60) on Monday, December 10 at 7 pm.  Specialists in Renaissance music, the Capella de la Torre ensemble, led by oboe virtuosa Katharina Baeuml, will play period instruments such as the shawn (the oboe’s predecessor) and will sing as well, with Michelangelo’s David in the background. The [...]

A Free Recital at the Cathedral Museum

The second appointment for the free concert series Note al Museo will take place on Thursday, Nov. 22 at 9 pm. Christophe Coin will perform on his cello, in the Sala del Paradiso of the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo (Cathedral Museum).  The varied program offers music ranging from the 17th century to today. The recital will include Domenico Gabrielli’s Ricercarti, Bach’s Suites, 19th century violinist Alfredo Piatti’s reinterpretation of musical passages from operas and [...]

Pietro De Maria at San Miniato al Monte

Another free concert will be offered at San Miniato al Monte to continue the celebration of its 1,000th anniversary of its founding in 1018. Pianist Pietro De Maria will perform in the basilica Saturday, Nov. 10 at 9 pm. De Maria is an internationally renowned musician who has received numerous accolades for his work, including the Critics’ Prize at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 1990. He interprets music ranging from Bach to Ligeti [...]

Spooky Specials at Local Sandwich Haunt

The Salumeria Verdi deli (Via Giuseppe Verdi 36), or Pino’s Sandwiches as it is known by its many loyal customers, will celebrate Halloween this year with a few festive menu items and discounts and a giveaway! The deli is getting into the spirit of Halloween with the addition of two specially-created sandwiches to its menu for the day on Wednesday, October 31. The limited-time “Sand-witch” will include spicy pumpkin sauce, roast pork, smoked [...]

‘Caro Andrea’: A Free Tribute Music Marathon

This weekend, Andrea Tacchi, longtime principal violin for the Orchestra della Toscana (ORT), will be honored and remembered at a special day long tribute entitled “Caro Andrea.”  The late virtuoso with the silver curls helped found the orchestra in 1980 and was a passionate cultivator of chamber music, initiating many prestigious ensembles over the years until his death in 2016. Friends, colleagues, family members and many great names of classical music will gather [...]

Gift Concerts for San Miniato’s Anniversary

The hidden, hilltop beauty of basilica di San Miniato can be experienced during this week’s musical celebrations of the church and monastery’s 1,000th birthday. On Thursday, Sept. 27 and Friday, Sept. 28 at 9 pm free of entrance, the Orchestra della Toscana will be concluding their summer season with free performances: the world premier of Tigran Mansurian’s Seven Prayers.  The works of a contemporary Armenian composer were selected in view of the fact that San [...]

September 2018 Free Museum Sunday

On Sunday, September 2, no admission will be charged at Florence’s state-run museums, while city-run museums are accessible at no cost to residents of the greater metropolitan area. So, take the opportunity to visit, for free: the Accademia, the Uffizi Gallery and the Archeological Museum; the Palatine Gallery, the Porcelain Museum, the Costume Gallery and the Silver Museum in the Pitti Palace; the Boboli Gardens; the Bargello (National Sculpture Museum), the Archeological Museum; [...]

Bastille Day Festivities Bring France to Florence

Friday the 13th is something to celebrate with this year’s Bastille Day festivities in Piazza Ognissanti. Offering free admission, the French holiday moves to Italy with an evening of dancing, dining, and drinking, commemorating 229 years of French democracy. Bastille Day honors July 14th, 1789: a day demarcating the end of absolute monarchy during the French Revolution. On this day, Parisians stormed the Bastille military fortress in a showdown against the traditional regime. [...]

2018 Florence Youth Orchestra Festival in Piazza Signoria

All month:  FLORENCE YOUTH ORCHESTRA FESTIVAL.  Free admission Youth orchestras from across the world will come to Florence and Tuscany, with countries such as the USA, Germany, Australia, South Korea, and the Netherlands represented. The festival, which organizes 50 to 70 concerts every July, was founded in Florence in 1999 with the intention of fostering the international musical community in Tuscany. The main venue is Loggia dei Lanzi, located in Florence’s Piazza della Signoria, but [...]

Free Concert in the Duomo: Voices of the Eastern Sacred Rite

A free concert will be hosted under Brunelleschi’s Dome on Thursday, July 5 at 9:15 pm, featuring the Tuscan premiere of the well-regarded St. Ephraim Men’s Choir. The performance will bring eastern sounds to a western venue in a pan-religious and pan-cultural program that demonstrates the versatility choral music across time and genre. Hailing from Budapest, the group spotlights a distinctly Eastern European religious repertoire, ranging from ancient to modern. Voices from various [...]